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Some people win in spite of the odds - and that select group can include you.
Angie Pikshus had every reason to decide life had dealt her an unfair hand. Her mother died when she was still a baby. She never really knew her father or the peaceful security of a stable home; instead she was moved from foster home to foster home. When she was in the eighth grade, she was moved to Arkansas to live with some relatives. Angie was an orphan, was twenty pounds overweight (and therefore was growing out of all of her clothes), and now, to top it off, she was moving away from friends.
From to time all of us have reason to believe that life has stacked the deck against us. At this point in her life, Angie Pikshus had ample reason to feel cheated, but she decided to do something about her situation. She decided she needed to lose weight, so she began running strictly for exercise, to burn off that excess weight. The more she ran, the more she enjoyed and applied herself to the task. She continued to train and began entering races. 
Angie, now a senior at Arkansas State University, has won three marathons and several ten-kilometer races. She has won the New OrleansMardi Gras Marathon twice, the Memphis Express Marathon, and the Atlanta Avon 10-K, among other events. 
Angie Pikshus had every reason to decide that life had declared her a loser, but she didn't. She excelled in spite of the obstacles. The exciting thing about this story is that the same principles of commitment, dedication, and hard work that helped her lose the weight and become winning runner will also make her a winner in other areas of life. 
P.S.: The same principles will work for you too.
Tell yourself today, "I will make a commitment to work as hard as necessary to reach my goals."

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All great achievers, all successful people, are those who have been able to control their time. All human beings have been created equal in one respect; each person has twenty-four hours each day.
We must give our best time to our most challenging situation. It's not how much we do that matters; it's how much we get done. I remember my dad always telling, "Don't spend a dollar's worth of time for ten cents' worth of results." We should choose to watch our time, not our watch.
One of the best timesavers is the ability to say no. Not saying no when you should is one of the biggest wastes of time you will ever experience.
Make sure to take care of the vulnerable times in your day. These vulnerable times are the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. I've heard a minister say that what a person is like alone at midnight and alone in the morning reveals that person's true self. There are the potent times of the day, when productivity and idea generation are at their maximum.
If you are saying, "I could be doing big things if I weren't so busy doing small things," then you need to take control of your time. The greater control you exercise over your time, the greater freedom you will experience. The psalmist prayed, "so teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom" (Psalm 90:12). The Bible teaches us that the devil comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy (John 10:10), and this verse applies to time as well as to people.
If often hear people say, "I'd give anything to be able to . . ." If you said this, you should adopt the "6 x 1 = 6" leadership principle. If you want to write a book learn to play a musical instrument, become a better tennis player, or do anything else that's important, then you should devote one hour a day, six days a week to the project. Sooner than you think it will, what you desire will become reality. There are not many things that a person cannot accomplish in 312 hours a year. Just a commitment of one hour a day, six days a week, is all it takes.
We all have the same amount of time each day. The difference between people is determined by what they do with the amount of time at their disposal. Don't be like the airline pilot flying over the Pacific Ocean who reported to his passengers, "We're lost, but we're making great time!" Remember that the future arrives an hour at a time. Gain control of your time, and you will gain control of your life.

(From John L. Mason's "An Enemy Called Average")